Two of the division’s in-form sides face eachother on matchday 25, as title chasing Tottenham host mid-table Newcastle. 

Spurs made it two wins on the bounce against Watford last time out, to close the gap on leaders Liverpool to seven points, whilst the Magpies stunned Manchester City to move five points above the relegation places.

Looking to build on recent momentum, both possess several key figures amongst their outfits ahead of this typically fruitful affair. 

Here are three key battles that could determine Saturday’s clash.

1. Heung-min Son vs Fabian Schar

Son Heung-min

Marking his return to Premier League action with a goal in midweek, Heung-min Son’s early return from international duty with South Korea could prove vital in Spurs’ unlikely quest for a first title for nearly 60 years. 

Directly involved in 14 goals this term, the Tottenham forward has scored some stunning goals and is capable of brilliance with either boot. 

Excelling in recent weeks with solid displays at the heart of the Magpies defence, Fabian Schar is proving an integral player under Rafa Benitez. Silencing Manchester City’s attacking force on Wednesday, the Swiss international has been the pick of the bunch amongst a makeshift back line.

If the 27-year-old is to repeat his recent heroics, he must match Son’s driving runs into the box. 

2. Toby Alderweireld vs Salomon Rondon

Salomon Rondon,John Stones

Starting 22 of Spurs’ 24 league games, Toby Alderweireld has been his side’s most consistent defensive performer this term. Keeping eight clean sheets under his stewardship, the Belgian commands the back line and is no stranger to facing the division’s physical frontmen. 

Directly contributing in nine of his sides 21 league goals this campaign, West Brom loanee Salomon Rondon has made quite the impression on Tyneside. Yet to taste defeat when scoring for Newcastle, the Venezuelan perfectly fits the ‘fox in the box’ description. 

In a battle of the highest (quite literally) physical nature, this tussle could proved decisive – especially from dead ball scenarios. 

3. Christian Eriksen vs Sean Longstaff

Christian Eriksen

Premier League veteran vs new boy, this is a key clash that throw the spanner in the works, as Christian Eriksen looks to break down a midfield work-horse.

Registering eight assists this term, the Danish playmaker is just two shy of equalling his entire tally from last season. One of the division’s most potent free-kick takers, the 26-year-old possesses a sheer abundance of quality from just about anywhere on the pitch.

Facing Spurs’ protaganist, youth prodigy Sean Longstaff is enjoying a stellar campaign ahead of his vastly experienced compatriot Jonjo Shelvey. Holding off the likes of Kevin De Bruyne in midweek, the energetic youngster will look to retain possession. 

Eriksen’s creativity and vision is a match for any top four starlet, let alone the 21-year-old wonderkid, who must demonstrate his utmost discipline. 


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